Important update! This article still serves as an important archive piece in the design development. The most current Cabin Stove documentation is available at The Cabin Stove Page.
What is the Cabin Stove?
The Cabin Stove is a compact wood-burning stove for heating and cooking. It uses a mix of clean, efficient combustion, and heat exchange strategies, which provide both immediate heat via the cooktop as well stored heat through the channels inside the brick work. Effectively, it converts wood into warmth and good food.
This cookstove is a hybrid between rocket mass heater and masonry heater technologies that has precedents throughout the world, especially in Europe.
The following video introduces the prototype and includes interesting insights on gas analysis and combustion efficiency….
Examples of Other Heat-Retaining Cookstoves
In August of 2012, Firespeaking developed the Cabin Stove at Aprovecho. Based on a lot of good feedback as well obvious needs for improvement, several stove builders came together in Firespeaking’s shop in February of 2015 to further develop this model of stove. There is still much development to be done. We have dropped the function of water heating in this second iteration in order to simplify the design and make it more accessible, the purpose of the Cabin Stove continues to be to provide a well-designed DIY wood-fired heating and cooking solution for small spaces.
- Criteria: Brick-based construction, minimal cuts, minimal specialized tools
- The Cabin Stove at Aprovecho
- Albie Barden’s Cookstove Pamphlet, Heart of the Home, Current Work.
- Alex Chernov’s contributions, the Russian Rocket, thoughts on isolating combustion chamber in single-skins, general Russian precedence.
- The modern metal alternative: The Baker’s Choice – tangible competition for the local cookstove builder.
Construction plans for the Cabin Stove 2.0 will be available shortly. They will be offered on a donation basis in order to support our ongoing work. Hardware, as well as plans for the hardware, will be offered down the road. Sign-up for our mailing list to ensure you get updates….
Story of the Prototype
More aboutÂ testing and secondary air advice from Matthew, is on its way….
- Iterate early and often. Collaborate. Feedback Loop. Refine.
- Improve Hardware.
- Cookstoves are EPA exempt, tweak firebox and primary and secondary air supply to ensure compliance to modern standards.
- Communicate, Discuss, Educate implications of single-skin construction.